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'High Hollow', George Howe's Personal Mansion, Asks $3.5M

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If you love yourself from Philly history — particularly of its architectural variety — you might want to sit down to read this one. 'High Hollow', a sprawling 4+ acre estate in Chestnut Hill, is back on the market for $3.5M. It was designed by and the personal residence of noted architect George Howe, whose vision (along with William Lescaze, brought us the iconic PSFS Building at 12th and Market St. While his personal mansion is in stark contrast to the first modern skyscraper in America, it's nonetheless a work of true art. The 6-bed, 6-bath manor is made up of just under 13,000 square-feet of space that backs up directly to Fairmount Park, a view that's most likely unparalleled in the fall. This place is like a glorious old world fortress tucked into the woods with gated entrance, stone arched fences, a towering turret and unbeatable landscape design that features an expansive stone plaza/driveway. The inside is just as stately with a winding marble staircase, 13 foot-high ceilings, three fireplaces and a 36-foot kitchen area with 2-story design, butlers pantry and exposed beams and brick. And, because very proper lord of the land needs a gentleman's gentleman by his side, there's a separate caretakers apartment on the property as well.
· 101 W. Hampton Rd. [Redfin]